May 17, 2013 12:00am PDT
-- the budget deficit will shrink this year to $642 billion, the smallest shortfall since 2008. deficits in cbo's baseline projections continue to shrink falling to 2.1% of gdp by 2015. in english, the deficit is shrinking at a near record breaking rate. now, you would think once it came to light that the deficit is shrinking at such a rapid rate that we hit the vaunted goals even set out by our wise masters, simpson and bowles, that people in washington who have endlessly obsessed over the deficit since the take party would take notice. >> the president and his leaders in the senate are refusing to address this debt crisis. >> we had action to reduce these deficits. >> spend something out of control. >> tremendous deficits. >> debts out of control. >> does not start paying down our deficit. it is kicking the can down the road and frankly, we are out of road. >> you would think that those people would all be pushing to take credit for our incredible deficit reduction celebrating that there would be press conferences. but no, there was nothing. what makes that nothing this week so very ironic is
May 14, 2013 12:00am PDT
the budget deficit down, that's the thing they keep talking about. >> yeah. >> and it strikes me they have been remarkably successful in doing that. when you look at the debt ceiling debacle that led to the budget control act which has led to the sequester that actually -- >> oh, thank you for this question. it's so far off the course. first of all, the actions taken by president obama and the house democratic congress, house and senate when he became president was the american recovery and reinvestment act, many of the initiatives that he passed are what are coming to bear now including the affordable care act. affordable care act is bringing the cost of health care in our country down in both the public and private sector and that is what is largely responsible for the deficit coming down. we all care about frugality. we don't want to spend any money we don't have to. but we do want to invest in the education of our children, the safety of our neighborhoods and the rest and even if you don't, you have to remember that teachers and firefighters and police officers are consumers. >> right.
May 15, 2013 5:00pm PDT
closely here at "all in with chris hayes." >> michigan department of education has just approved a deficit elimination plan for the buena vista school district. >> the district is hopeful that everyone will be back in class as early as this week. >> you heard that right. the buena vista school district will reopen, maybe as soon as friday, and students will finish out the school year, which runs until june 13th. that's because michigan education superintendent mike flanagan finally approved the district's third deficit elimination plan last night, which cleared the way to release state funding. as we first reported last week, then again on monday, buena vista students have not been in school since friday, may 3rd, because the district is out of money and republican rick snyder refused to release $500,000, or .1% of the state's rainy day fund so buena vista schools could reopened. that caused the district to shut the doors on all three schools, send more than 400 schools home, and layoff all 27 of its teachers. when we first covered this story, there was very little movement to resolve the